Atheist Census on Token Skeptic

AAI President Carlos A. Diaz talks to Kylie Sturgess on the Token Skeptic podcast about Atheist Census and the growth of atheism worldwide.

Cape Reason Podcast

AAI President Carlos Diaz talks to Han Hills on the Cape Reason podcast about AAI projects and atheist activism in Argentina - enjoy!

Secular World podcast #115 - Turkeys Talk Turkeys

Turkeys, Israel, Pat Robertson and the Pope is a Grinch!  Plus Han Hills talks to Michael Nugent of Atheist Ireland.

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Secular World podcast #114 - vice or virtue!

Jake and Han talk science, skepticism and atheism; the ‘real’ trinity!

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Secular World podcast #113 - no religious affiliation

“No religious affiliation” raises to over 1/5th of people in the USA; Free birth control cuts abortion rates by 62%; Why liberals and atheists are more intelligent; Proof of heaven; Catholic church to have tax exemptions removed in Italy; Listener mail, and; our interview with Jacques Rousseau, South African skeptic and atheist.  Enjoy it all here!

AAI Position Statement: Government Support For Religion

Following consultation with members, AAI is pleased to announce that it has finalised its position statement on government support for religion.  This statement is intended to provide a concise reference and coherent argument that members and other atheists may use in situations in their own countries, and refute the common accusation that 'atheists stand for nothing'.  Thank you everyone who contributed their views!  

Vale Paul Kurtz

The influential thinker known as the "father of secular humanism", Paul Kurtz, died on 20 October 2012 at age 86.  His numerous book, articles and talks substantially contributed to the development of secular, humanist values as an alternative worldview to religion, and encouraged people to think critically about religion and its impact on society.  This valuable work will be continued by many organisations that Paul Kurtz helped develop, including the American Humanist Association and the International Humanist and Ethical Union.

Atheist Alliance International offers its condolences to Paul Kurtz' family, friends and colleagues.

Congress of Free Thought of the Americas

Attention atheists in Argentina!  The Congress of Free Thought of the Americas will be held in Mar del Plata, Argentina 16-18 November.  Enjoy a full weekend of rational thinking, including a talk by Carlos A. Diaz, President of Atheist Alliance International.  For more information: Congress website (English) / Congress website (Español).

Just One More Example

Recently, Atheist Alliance International was contacted by an atheist in an Islamic country.  He had made a video criticising his government's position on human rights and posted it online.  We received this email from him today and publish it with his permission, with identifying information redacted, to illustrate just one more example of the threat to freedom of expression and thought posed by Islamists.

Hi, I have previously contacted you and submitted a video on [redacted] government and its human rights violation. Unfortunately, after much pressure from my family and the prospect of my getting a heart attack because of my Atheism, I have decided to pull the video down. I have to close down all of my email and twitter account and Atheist Nexus account as well. I just wanted to apologize to you because I would have continue leaving the video up but the pressure is so much that I have succumbed. The lesson that I have learn is, Muslims will never tolerate Atheism, Atheist, Apostate even basic human rights - freedom of faith. I guess I really have no choice but to remain hidden and under the radar and just let my rights taken away from me. It is hard, especially when I am feeling all alone and I don't even have any real friends here in [redacted]. My family still hoping that I will repent and become a Muslim again but after our heated debate on human rights and Atheism, I don't think I will ever look at Islam the same way again. I apologize again for the trouble I have caused.

Obviously, it is not this man who should be apologising.

Michael Shermer in Brazil

On 30 August, four Brazilian atheists - including AAI Director Alexandre Shimono - met Michael Shermer at the release of his new book "The Believing Brain" in São Paulo, Brazil. Mr. Shermer kindly answered the following question:"What do you think of religious influence in Brazil?". You can see his answer in the video below (Portuguese subtitles).         

No dia 30 de Agosto, quatro ateus brasileiros - incluindo o diretor da AAI Alexandre Shimono - compareceram ao lançamento do novo livro de Michael Shermer "Cérebro e Crença" (The Believing Brain) que ocorreu em São Paulo, Brasil. Shermer gentilmente respondeu a seguinte pergunta: "Qual sua opinião sobre a influência religiosa no Brasil?". A resposta pode ser conferida no vídeo abaixo (legendas em português).

Thank you eBay Giving Works donors!

Atheist Alliance International thanks the donors who have used eBay Giving Works to donate a proportion of their sale proceeds to AAI!  We appreciate the support.  

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